triman (triman) wrote,

For the Long Run - English countryside

Wednesday evening I went to the annual meeting of my old triathlon club, Tri-Force. I had meant to find time to catch-up with Trace but it wasn't to be. We had a quick chat, but many of the club went off to swim or to a spin class after the meeting. Then I was going to go to the club swim session Thursday evening, but instead I arranged to meet up with Oli, Lauren and Wendy for dinner, which was much nicer.

I managed to get out for a 5-mile run before they came, and next morning went to the Herts Sports Village and swam there instead. Net, net it meant I hadn't had time to catch-up with Trace. I emailed him and late in the day got a response, he was running Saturday morning, so I called and arranged to go with him. I figured I wouldn't have any trouble keeping up, after Trace had gone through 2-years cancer treatment, was at least 12-years older than me. I collected him at 8:45 and we drove to the start point in Burnham Green; two of Trace's Garden City Runner friends showed up and after brief introductions we set off.

It was a true English cross country run. I hadn't worn any socks as I didn't expect to be doing much, to my surprise, my feet were cold and wet within the first mile. We did a run that cut across numerous fields, on old lanes, and eventually turned around at Astonbury House, a three-storeyed Jacobean mansion, dating in part from c.1540. This was real running in the English countryside, a historic house with an ancient right of way that allowed us to run down their drive and off across the estate. I glanced at my watch, 6.5-miles. In the background, the sound of shotguns, early morning, the smell of spring in the air.

After a few more fields, one where my shoes picked up at least a couple of pounds of heavy mud, a longish run back up a country lane we were coming back to the village where we started. I was starting to stiffen up and slow down, I was having trouble keeping up with the others, they slowed. Apparently the last detour was going to be across a footpath along the outside of an iron-age field, but it was a field too far for me. Trace and I ran back to the car along the lane. A great run, good company, totally English.

It was my longest run since Half-Ironman Florida in June 2006, I don't count the marathon at the end of the Ironman distance Longest Day triathlon in July 2006, I walked 2/3 of that I think. My legs actually feel pretty good today.

Stats for the day:
Distance: 8.94-miles
Time: 1:37:23
Tags: trace, training, uk
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment